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Absolutely Anything Movie Review

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Movie: Absolutely Anything

Releasing Year: 2015

Country of Origin: Britain

Languages: English (Main), Some Alien (Few Dialogues Only)

Genre: Sci-fi, Comedy

Absolutely Anything Movie Review & Plot:

Well I feel terribly sorry for Terry Jones for directing this film. Having said that, I didn’t mean that Absolutely Anything is a bad movie. But, this is not what we expect while knowing that it features some of the best actors of the industry. The film is based on a good “theme”, but to me it starts off well and then goes no where. Neil (Simon Pegg) is a teacher who lives a normal life, but his life suddenly takes a 360 degree change when he discovers that he is having a special power that allows him to do “Absolutely Anything” by just saying it and waving his hands. He is thrilled and excited with this new-found “power”, but the problem is that he is not sure about how and for what to use these special powers?

These special powers are nothing, but an “experimental gift” from some aliens. They claim to be the “higher beings” of the universe and are not sure about whether to destroy the earth or keep it as it is. They calls for the meeting of “Galactic Council”. And, it is decided that the council will choose a random ‘earthling’ and will bestowed on him/her the “galactic power”. This power will enable the earthling to do anything and if he/she chooses it for good purpose then the destruction of earth will be spared.

Neil gets into trouble when his love interest, Catherine’s (Kate Beckinsale) self-confessed boyfriend Grant (Rob Riggle) abducts him and tortures him to do what he wants him to do. Seeing no other option Neil complies to Grant’s wishes and does some terrible things to earth and its people. Somehow Catherine and Ray (Neil’s friend) saves him. But, Catherine stops talking to Neil knowing that it was he who forces her to love him. She is hurt as she believes love can only be done with heart not by force.

Absolutely Anything Review
Neil fails to commit suicide as his dog (Dennis) saves him…

Absolutely Anything ends when Neil tries to commit suicide (in which he fails too).  Neil then sits and talks to his dog Dennis (whom he had given the ability to talk) that he can do no good with these powers as no one loves him and he is lonely in this world.

Seeing his master sad Dennis suggests him an idea. That he should give his powers to Dennis. Neil does the same, but Dennis has other plans in his mind. Dennis makes a wish that the source of this power be destroyed forever and never come back. And, here he saves not only his master, but the Earth too. The Aliens are destroyed and Earth is now saved forever.

My Rating & Verdict of Absolutely Anything:

I have rated Absolutely Anything only 6/10 because of the weak plot and not too much comedy in it. The movie relies too much on the genius of Simon Pegg, and he as always delivers. But, the plot is not very well written and it lacks kind of “excitement” that you expect when the movie starts. Talking of the acting, I am really happy to see all the stars putting their heart into it. Kate Beckinsale is good as she is supposed to be. Sanjeev Bhaskar too is hilarious in pieces.

As per my advice to you guys, Absolutely Anything is not that much a bad movie. You can go for it, but please don’t have much expectations from it. It’s a kind of time pass one-time watch movie.

Stay-tuned for more reviews to come your way…!

Serendipity – Movie Review

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Movie: Serendipity                                                                       Release Year: 2001

Country of Origin: USA                                                              Language: English

Genre: Romance, Comedy

Serendipity Movie Review:

Can you fall in love with a stranger with whom you have spent just an evening? Well, for Sara Thomas and Jonathan Trager, the answer is ‘YES’. Serendipity as the name suggests is a movie that is based on chance and destiny. Peter Chelsom’s direction is quite well and the film never seems dull throughout its 90 mins of running.

What I Liked About Serendipity?

There are some good sings in the movie that I enjoyed, and I am sure  anyone with a romantic taste would also enjoy the same. From cinematography point of view too, Serendipity is a nice movie to watch and enjoy. The story-line is not that ‘out of the world’ kind, but it is good enough to keep you engaged. In our lives at some stage or the other we all wish to get married or be in a relationship with someone whom we think is “made for us material” or “our soul mate”. However, very few people on this planet actually get that “true and destined love”.

Serendipity Movie Story-line:

The movie starts with two people meeting accidentally in a shop in New York. They both want to buy the same pair of gloves for their respective partners, but end up in taking one piece each. Sara, is a girl who believes in destiny and thinks that if something is ought to happen it will happen irrespective of our wish and efforts to avoid it. Jonathan on the other hand is a person who is very pragmatic in his approach towards life and believes that we can choose anything in our life as per our wish.

The same evening they spend some time with each other and soon develop a kind of magical attraction towards each other. Before they part ways, Jonathan asks Sara’s name, but she doesn’t replies and says, if they are meant to meet again they will meet again without having to know each other. She asks Jonathan to write his name and number on a $5 note and gives it to some shop keeper. Jonathan too insists her to do something like this, so Sara writes her name and number on a book and tells him to find this book on a used book store. Jonathan asks which one and she says you got to find this . Then they decide to wait for the next meeting till Jonathan gets that book and Sara gets that note.

 

Years pass by and it’s 2001, seven years since they met, Jonathan and Sara are living a happy life with their lovers whom they are going to get married soon. But, destiny has something else for both of them. Just days before they are about to settle in their lives with their partners, they both decide to give a one last chance to find each other. Sara comes to New York in search of that stranger whom she met in 1994. In this search, she is assisted by her friend Eve (Molly Shannon).

Jonathan too starts searching for Sara’s name and finally finds about her, but he lose hope when he discovers Sara’s sister making love to her boyfriend in Sara’s residence. He mistakenly thinks that it is Sara in the house and now it’s time to forget about her as she seems enjoying her life and it’s in his and his girlfriend’s interest to get married and settle down in New York. But, serendipity again happens as Sara finds the $5 bill. To learn what happens thereafter and how the  whole drama unfolds, I suggest you to watch it yourself.

My Favorite Characters of The Movie:

Jonathan Trager (John Cusack): John as Jonathan is looking great in this movie. Being on of the two central characters in the movie, John Cusack has performed it to perfection. He is looking very lively and his body language as well as acting is just fantastic. John has played many romantic roles in his life and the character of Jonathan Trager is certainly one to remember . His on-screen chemistry with Kate Beckinsale is worth watching as they both are looking beautiful together.

Sara Thomas (Kate Beckinsale): Kate as Sara is a real surprise package for me in Serendipity movie. I have become accustomed of watching Kate in leading role as a vampire in Underworld movie series. This is the first time, I am seen her in a romantic role and to my surprise she has is flawless in this film. She is looking very sweet and beautiful; and her body language as well as acting is great as you expect from her. Kate always delivers her best in any role she does and I am a huge fan of her. It’s very strange to believe that despite having such a sweet tone and a charming beautiful face why Kate Beckinsale has not done many romantic roles? May be because she is equally good in action roles that have turned her into the star that she is today.

My Rating and Verdict of This Movie:

I have rated it 9/10, because of it’s nice script and good, soothing music. The casting too is remarkable and everyone has given their best. Alan Silvestri’s heart-touching music gives a never to forget romantic feel to you!

Forget the logic behind this film and it’s story-line, just sit on your couch for one and a half hour and enjoy this nice romantic film. I am sure you will enjoy the every moment of it. If you have a longing for romantic movies, then Serendipity will be an absolute delight for you.

Moreover, if you are a fan of John Cusack or Kate Beckinsale like me, then don’t miss this flick, in my view this is among the best movies of both these stalwarts.